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Antiviral Or Antiretroviral Drugs For Fibromyalgia?

Wednesday 22 May 2019


From U.S. News & World Report:



Antiviral or Antiretroviral Drugs for Fibromyalgia?

Exercise and self-care are still the frontline treatments for this chronic pain condition.

By Elaine K. Howley, Contributor
May 20, 2019
Copyright 2019 © U.S. News & World Report L.P.

LIVING WITH CHRONIC pain is no picnic, and for the 2% to 4% of Americans – some 6 to 12 million people – that the American Chronic Pain Association estimates are living with fibromyalgia, widespread pain is a daily reality.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder of how the brain processes pain signals that causes symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, digestive problems, migraines and cognitive issues, and it can be challenging to diagnose and treat. But there are some approaches and medications that have been proven useful.

What Are Antiviral and Antiretroviral Drugs?

Most of the time, when you get sick from a virus, there’s not a lot the doctor can do for you. Whereas antibiotics can be useful in treating bacterial infections, there aren’t as many options for treating infections caused by viruses. Common viruses cause the flu, measles, polio, rabies and other diseases, and some of these conditions have vaccines that can prevent you from contracting those diseases at all. Retroviruses are another type of virus that work a little differently from other viruses, and the humanimmunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS is an example of a retrovirus.

A relatively new group of drugs has been developed to combat these viral infections. Called antiviral or antiretroviral drugs, these medications can be used to treat diseases caused by certain viruses and retroviruses, and it’s been suggested that perhaps there’s a role for some of these medications in treating fibromyalgia, too.


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